A series of events funded by the Great Streets Challenge begins Saturday, starting with a street festival in Northridge, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday.

Logo for Northridge part of Great Streets Challenge.
Logo for Northridge part of Great Streets Challenge.
The events range from workshops to street festivals and will run from Feb. 6 to March 19 in Northridge, Van Nuys, South Los Angeles, Pacoima, Boyle Heights and Highland Park.

The challenge grants were awarded last year to projects proposed for streets designated by Garcetti as “Great Streets,” which get extra attention aimed at sprucing up and drawing more people to use to the streets.

The first event, [RE]visit [RE]seda, along Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, will be a street festival featuring a poetry slam, an art show and a Muay Thai boxing demonstration.

In Van Nuys, the grant will fund “Connect the Dots” workshops on Feb. 20 in which members of the community will be asked to think up ideas for Van Nuys Boulevard that “help solve our city’s transit, public space and water needs,” organizers said.

The Youth Envisioned Streets project in South Los Angeles on Feb. 27 is billed as a “pop-up event on Central Avenue that will re-imagine the corridor as a safe place to play, work and live, while also promoting healthy lifestyles,” according to the organizers’ website.

Other events are also scheduled for March 6 in Pacoima, March 12 in Boyle Heights and March 19 in Highland Park. More information about the grant recipients is here.

— City News Service

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